E.T., Super 8 and Hugo all show just how courageous and brave children can be, fighting for what they believe in, taking risks and creating their very own adventure.
One of the most captivating and wonderful aspects of films that feature a young person going on a quest is their expression of pluck and irrepressible human spirit. The upcoming Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close features a very small boy, who goes on a very big adventure indeed. Directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) the drama sees little Oskar (Thomas Horn) on a quest to discover the mystery behind a key he found in his father’s room. His father, who died in 9/11, always encouraged his son to take risks, which motivates Oskar to embark on his adventurous mission alone. Along the way he faces his fears and strengthens his curiosity and bravery. The film has been nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Max von Sydow.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – which also stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock – comes to cinemas on the 17th February.
But who is the bravest young adventurer of them all? We have put together a list of films, featuring some of the greatest of young quests.